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WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF CONSTIPATION IN BABIES AND CHILDREN?

Constipation is defined as a delay or difficulty in passing stools and is often diagnosed by applying the following criteria:1

  • Less than 3 bowel movements per week.
  • More than 1 episode of dirty underwear or leakage.
  • Large, hard and painful stools.
  • Demonstration of withholding posture and behaviour (not wanting to pass a stool or not being able to once on the toilet).
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WHAT CAUSES CONSTIPATION IN BABIES AND CHILDREN?

Functional constipation in otherwise healthy children, with no medical conditions which may be the underlying cause, tends to peak between 2 years of age and 4 years of age and is often associated with toilet training.1

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DIAGNOSIS FOR CONSTIPATION

Consultation with a healthcare professional to rule out any underlying causes for constipation should be undertaken.

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TREATMENT OF CONSTIPATION

During the early stages of constipation medical intervention and tests may be required to establish any underlying cause and to assist with immediate relief.

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THERAPEUTIC RECOMMENDATIONS TO EASE CONSTIPATION:1

  • Increase fluid intake.1
  • Dietary changes for children and babies over 6 months of age to include more dietary fibre.1
  • Toilet training routines that allow children time to sit on the toilet for between 3 and 10 minutes.1
  • Daily use of a clinically proven probiotic.3

Medical References

1. Xinias I, et al. Constipation in Childhood. An update on evaluation and management. Hippokratia 2015, 19, 1: 11-19. 2. Tabbers MM, et al: Evaluation and Treatment of Functional Constipation in Infants and Children: Evidence-based recommendations from ESPHAGHAN and NASPGHAN: JPGN 2014, 58, 2 258 – 274. 3. Indrio F, et al. Prophylactic use of a probiotic in the prevention of colic, regurgitation, and functional constipation. A randomised clinical trial. JAMA Pediatr. 2014;168:228-233. S0 Reuterina™ Junior / S0 Reuterina™ Daily: Each chew tablet contains a minimum of 1 x 108 live freeze-dried cfu’s of Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis® (Strain DSM 17938) until expiry date. S0 Reuterina™ Drops: Each 0,2 ml or 5 drops contain a minimum of 1 x 108 live freeze-dried cfu’s of Lactobacillus reuteri Protectis® (Strain DSM 17938) until expiry date.

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